MUSTANG — As the largest school on the west side of the state with a football program that has been able to sustain a high success rate, expectations are always high at Mustang.
Every year, coach Ty Prestidge finds himself trying to fill several holes from the previous graduating class, but this year, it seems there are even more spots to fill.
The Broncos lost their top five receivers — including Parade All-American David Glidden — and their primary running back, along with a few linemen and a few key defensive players.
Quarterback Brandon Taylor is the one well-known returning starter. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior with a rocket left arm threw for more than 3,300 yards last season with 36 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions.
Senior Derek Garvin is the most experienced of Mustang's receivers, but he missed almost all of last season with a torn meniscus. Other players like Dakota Warrington and Colton Hadlock are showing their value as well.
“We have a good group of six, which is better than just having one guy out there,” Garvin said. “We'll have a lot more diversity. We have good chemistry with Brandon, our timing is down, so we're feeling good.
“I just want to do my best, because it's my senior year and I've been out for a year, so it's time to show up.”